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Over 57,000 local farms + over 16,000 full-service restaurants x 4 diverse seasons = endless mouth-watering menus.

FEAST ON

Look for members of the FEAST ON program, where you can savour delicious food and confidently support a locavore lifestyle. Attend cooking and cocktail demonstrations at Langdon Hall, Ontario's only five diamond dining restaurant. Taste the melange of influences at Miijidaa Cafe + Bistro in Guelph. Radical Gardens in Timmins rustles up a new menu each week based on locally sourced ingredients. 

FARM TO TABLE

With a greater appreciation of how our environment and our food producers nourish us, chefs and restaurants around the province are crafting menus and dishes that focus on local produce, native ingredients and sustainable farming practices.
On the east side of Bank Street in Ottawa, Clover Food|Drink ethos is local-first, including their drink menu. Treadwell Cuisine in Niagara-on-the-Lake follows the same philosophy with a menu of local, seasonal fare. Café Belong is located in Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works, and focuses on sustainable, organic fare. The Silver Birch in Thunder Bay serves Northern inspired cuisine made with local meat, cheese and product, as well Lake Superior fish and wild game. The Heather in Hamilton serves seasonally inspired dishes from a set seven course tasting menu with a focus on Canadian ingredients.

FARM & GARDEN DINING

In downtown Toronto, the Fairmont Royal York features a rooftop herb garden and beehives that produce fresh herbs, vegetables and honey for the hotel. Elmhirst’s Resort on Rice Lake boasts the Elmhirst’s Own program which produces, grows and raises much of what’s on the menu. Similarly, South Pond Farms, near Peterborough create special event farm to table suppers using food and flowers grown on the property. Ravine Winery’s restaurant in St. David’s follows green practices and produces organic vegetables (as well as amazing wine).

VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN

For plant-based options, check out these meat-free and totally delicious spots. Start your day right with a healthy snack or smoothie at Pure Kitchen is a vegetarian food and juice bar in Ottawa, The Hearty Hooligan Café and Bakery or Planted bakery in Hamilton or at Grand Bend’s Highway Girl Café. Its hard to choose when everything item on the menu sounds delicious. From power bowls to power smoothies, Copper Branch is committed to the plant powered revolution with several locations across Toronto including Kitchener, Barrie, Brooklyn and Peterborough.
Select from a buffet of freshly prepared vegan and veg options at The Green Door in Ottawa. You can even bring your own containers for take-out, to eliminate waste. Rise Above is a casual café and bakery in St. Catharines with vegan sandwiches, pasta and baked goodies. Raw Aura checks all the boxes with healthy, tasty, vegan, organic, gluten free and locally sourced food in Port Credit, Mississauga. Craving comfort food? Check out the epic vegan pizza’s at Apiecalypse Now in Toronto or dig into a juicy meatless burger and vegan beer at Doomie's conveniently located in the Vegandale Brewery.
Tucos Taco Lounge in Sudbury serves epic Mexican cuisine and cocktails. Find vegan Ethiopian fair at Selam Vegan in Toronto or enjoy delicious Caribbean Creole food at One Love Vegetarian. Grasshopper and various Fresh locations are also excellent go-to options for dinner in Toronto.

GOLF COURSE DINING

In addition to fresh, local food, make your meal memorable by dining with a view. Not only are Ontario’s golf courses challenging to play but also incredibly scenic with plush greens and manicured fairways. These gorgeous spots also offer fine dining, with a stunning backdrop, particularly during the fall season.
Lago is Eagle’s Nest’s upscale restaurant in Maple, while The Bistro at Copper Creek in Kleinburg overlooks the course and the Humber River Valley. The Marshes is Ottawa’s top public course, and the ambiance at Ironstone Grill is equally top notch. Niagara Parks offers three championship courses, plus a panoramic view of the greens at Whirlpool Restaurant while Legends of the Niagara Restaurant looks out towards the historic War of 1812 grounds. Sweetwater Restaurant at Cobble Beach Resort overlooks the crystal blue waters of the Georgian Bay. Muskoka is not short on splendid scenery. Check out the views from the Antler at Deerhurst in Huntsville, the Grill and Patio at The Rock Golf Club in Minett or the white linen dining rooms at Muskoka Bay Club or the Muskoka lodge style Rocky Crest Golf Club in MacTier.

CULINARY SCHOOLS

Step up your culinary game. Learn from the best at The Stratford Chefs SchoolMark Picone Culinary Studio in Vineland, The Good Earth in Beamsville or Strewn Wine Country Cooking School in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Enhance your kitchen technique at Ottawa’s Le Cordon Bleu then dine at the elegant Signatures Restaurant. Pair farm fresh with local wine and cider at From the Farm Cooking School or The Waring House. Perfect the classic apple pie at the Collingwood Cooking Academy or join the interactive cooking demonstrations at Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa. Join other foodies on unique and delicious food tours, inspiring classes or other gourmet adventures with The Culinary Adventure Co.

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BEGIN YOUR CULINARY ADVENTURE AT FEAST ON

Feast On® celebrates Ontario restaurants for their commitment to sourcing local food and drink. From food trucks to fine dining, Feast On restaurants are providing delicious and uniquely Ontario experiences for locals and travellers alike. There's no better place to start your culinary adventure than at one of these dynamic spots!

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FOODIE WALKING TOURS

Join other foodies on unique and delicious culinary tours and other gourmet adventures guided by locals in the know.

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